city of henderson 1HENDERSON, Ky. (8/14/19) — Henderson Board of Commissioners approved first reading of an ordinance pertaining to the city's levy and collection of ad valorem taxes Tuesday.

Real estate and personal property rates will remain the same as the past two years at 49 cents per $100 of assessed value for real property and 81.3 cents for personal property.

The 2019 tax bills will be due in full no later than Jan. 3, 2020. Payment prior to Nov. 15 will result in a 1 percent discount.

Also at the meeting, the commission passed on first reading an ordinance that would shift the 911 service fee from “land line” telephone bills to water meters. The decreasing use of “land lines” has effectively placed the burden of support for 911 emergency communications on a disproportionate segment of citizens.

The fee, $3.25 per billing cycle, was also passed by Henderson County Fiscal Court on Tuesday, but it will still not cover the total cost of operating the 911 system in Henderson County. The city and county will make up the difference from their general funds, with the city assuming 75 percent of the shortfall and the county assuming 25 percent.

In other business, the board:

• Heard an update on the Countryview drainage project from Henderson Water Utility Director Tom Williams and Dylan Ward, special projects manager for the city.

• Accepted a new interlocal cooperation agreement with Henderson County Fiscal Court establishing a joint Henderson City-County Human Rights Commission. The new agreement effectively cancels the previous one. The Human Rights Commission has recently reorganized its board and the City will continue to provide office space for the commission director.
• Mayor Steve Austin presented 20-year service award pins to Kelley VanBussum and Officer Janna Gatten.
• The commission heard a presentation from the Henderson County High School cross country group about the possible use of the now-closed Municipal Golf Course.
• Awarded bids for rental of heavy equipment and for the Elam Ditch overflow project.

• Heard ordinance reviews on the section that deals with utilities and with regulation of fireworks.

The next regular meeting is 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27, in the third-floor assembly room at Henderson Municipal Center.
SurfKY News
Information provided by Donna Stinnett

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